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Old 05-03-2011, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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'Mayhem' Miller: 'I Wasted a Good Chunk of My Career' Due to Strikeforce Ban

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Jason "Mayhem" Miller knew that his employers were unhappy with him, but nobody told him the extent of it. Strikeforce had him under contract, and yet the organization refused to offer him a chance to fight, and without ever explaining why, he said.

"All I knew is that I sat on the bench for a year," the Bully Beatdown host told MMA Fighting. "That's all I knew."

Only once his Strikeforce contract expired and he signed with the UFC did Miller finally learn why he'd spent the past year of his life waiting for a fight offer that never came. According to UFC president Dana White, he'd been banned from Showtime and CBS – Strikeforce's TV partners – for his role in the post-fight melee that erupted live on CBS in Nashville, Tenn. last April.

Showtime representatives declined to comment on the situation, but the UFC president told MMA Weekly that the MTV star had been "banished from CBS for life."

Since CBS also owns Showtime – Strikeforce's primary TV outlet – that reportedly made Miller unwelcome in just about any televised Strikeforce fight, though Miller said no one in Strikeforce or Showtime let him know what his situation was.

"I asked, and guess what? Nobody would tell me," Miller said. "This is a political environment. Nobody's going to tell you. They're just going to be cowards about it. That's the way of the world. Nobody's going to tell the crazy ultimate fighter guy to his face, 'Hey, screw you.' They're not going to do that."

But even if Miller didn't know for sure, he obviously suspected. He was the one who worked his way into the cage to ask then Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields for a rematch, and for his trouble he was mobbed by Shields' teammates.

Miller was one of five fighters to be fined and suspended for his role in the fracas. Several other Strikeforce fighters were also put on ice, but when their suspensions were up they went right back to work.

Miller was permitted to take one fight in Japan, where he won a submission victory over MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba, but Strikeforce declined to offer him any more fights. He was left to wait out the end of his contract, and once that had expired, he quickly signed with the UFC.

"Up until the last minute – up until it was apparent that they had no intention of fulfilling the contract – I was like, hey, I'm ready to fight. Let's fight," Miller said. "At the last moment, it looks as if, okay, they can't fulfill the contract. Now I fight in the UFC. ...I have no ill will towards anyone. If that's how they saw it, then that's how they saw it. If that's the case that I was really banned [from Showtime], then hey, it's not the first place I've been 86'd from."

Just a little over a year from the date of the brawl in Nashville, Miller signed on to return to the Octagon for the first time since his decision loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 52 in 2005. The UFC wasted no time in giving him a fight, slotting him against Aaron Simpson at UFC 132 in July.

The situation ultimately worked out well in the end for him, Miller said, but not without taking a toll on his career and his finances first.

"Here I've been sitting on the bench. I've been training. I've been working hard and improving, but do you guys think I get some sort of severance package? Do you think I have Bully Beatdown billions? I don't, trust me. I sat around and wasted a good chunk of my career that I could have been making income and capitalizing on the fact that my body is great and I know how to fight."

To Miller, the truly vexing part is that while he was one of several fighters involved in the incident – not to mention the one who ended up outnumbered and at the bottom of a dogpile by the end – he was the only one to be denied any further Strikeforce fights because of it.

"Maybe it was because I was the only guy who apologized and accepted the blame," he said. "I was the only guy who really apologized for it, and not this half-hearted thing where my manager's making me say I'm sorry. I was truly apologetic. That whole incident, I never expected anything like that to happen."
Man that's a pretty bullsh*t thing to do by CBS/Strikeforce. Strikeforce could've at least let him know, I suppose they just didn't want to lose him to the UFC back then ...
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Old 05-03-2011, 04:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Its really a shame he had to sit on the sidelines like that and get some ring rust because nobody has the cahones to say, "yeah, you're done here." Absolutely pitiful. Though, I'm not surpised to see something like this. I imagine it happens a lot more often than anyone would expect.
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He gets banned because he gets jumped by scumfighters which are still fighting on Showtime?
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He gets banned because he gets jumped by scumfighters which are still fighting on Showtime?
To be fair he did enter the cage unpermitted and interrupt/provoke Shields ...
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He played his own cards on the ban. You don't walk into the ring after someone wins a belt, the only time you did this is when the promoter wants you to. The UFC does this quite a bit, with the most recent one being Rashad going in when JBJ won. Rashad said he didn't want to enter initially but the UFC put him in that situation.

The Cesar Gracie possie/team is too large to begin with, the ring was practically crowded, whereas the UFC only allows your cornermen to enter and not your whole training team.

I don't necessarily agree on the ban but he deserved some type of punishment for just barging in there, and it shouldn't have even been done by CBS. They are the ones who should be happy about it, if anything, Miller would attract bigger TV numbers on his next fight.
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I think the whole controversy was walking on razor blades.

Miller actually never touched Shields and just asked a question...if it went another way SHowtime would have gotten some pretty big buzz with Miller offering a challenge to Shields.

It didnt happen and someone pushed him back and then he defended himself.

Sucks that he got banned though which shouldnt have happened.

Does this mean Miller is back in the UFC? ANyone know when we will see him fight?
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The whole thing seems weird to me, I would have thought maybe CBS/Showtime wanted to set an example of someone, but Shields was leaving and Strikeforce would not want their Champions banned. So they picked Miller and threw him under the bus, only it doesn't really set an example if you don't tell anyone you did it. Waiting a year for it to get announced just doesn't make sense.
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I don't necessarily agree on the ban but he deserved some type of punishment for just barging in there, and it shouldn't have even been done by CBS. They are the ones who should be happy about it, if anything, Miller would attract bigger TV numbers on his next fight.
The issue isn't the ban, that's justified - look what it caused. The issue is the fact that he WAS NOT TOLD that he was banned from CBS.
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Im sure it wasnt as clear cut as that makes it sound. Makes more sense that they just refused a Miller fight whenever it came up. Cant say I blame them though...MMA's biggest concern is the general public thinks all the fighters are meatheads and its just a circus so when he starts something like that on national television it looks bad on everyone.

The whole situation was very WWE like.
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Does this mean Miller is back in the UFC? ANyone know when we will see him fight?
At UFC 132, he's scheduled to fight Aaron Simpson.
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